What’s the first thing you do when you get into nursing school? You go buy a stethoscope and wear it around your neck at every chance you get. You “forget” to take it off when you get home after clinical so people can see how cool you are. You take ten stethoscope selfies. You keep it in the original box when you’re home. The sacred stethoscope is a very important part of the nurse life.
However, after about a year and a half I started to have terrible neck pain. It was probably from a combination of being on and off the phone so much during work and wearing my scope around my neck. I’ve missed work because of it and it’s caused a lot of pain. I was basically suffering through each shift, icing my neck every night.
I saw some stuff on Twitter about a stethoscope holder designed by a nurse, and wanted to check it out!
Something that could help my neck pain + a nursey entrepreneur = awesome
I contacted Sarah Brennen, RN the creator of the Lotus Stethoscope Holder. She sent me one to try and review. And she wanted to sponsor a giveaway for my readers! ((virtual high-five, Sarah!))
My plan was to try it for a week, see what I thought, and review.
Well, that was three weeks ago and I haven’t gone a shift without it.
I must admit, I was a terrible nurse and didn’t read the directions first. For the first shift, I hung my scope upside down in the clip and it flopped all around for the first two hours. I got mad at it and didn’t wear it for the day. Then I looked at the directions again, saw my nursey mistake, and wore it the correct way for my next shift. And every shift since.
While it’s only been a few weeks, my neck isn’t as sore. And not to mention, I haven’t left my scope in random patient rooms, forcing me to search for it multiple times a week. I was notorious for leaving my scope somewhere and having to use those crappy isolation scopes until it resurfaced.
It’s light weight, affordable ($12.99), and .. well, it works! I recommend it. I honestly forget my scope is attached to my hip! It’s always there when I need it. Occasionally I have to readjust the scope in the clip, but that’s nowhere near as big a pain in the neck (ha!) as before. It’s also plastic so you can clean it easily if it gets gross.
Another benefit is that my scope is not flopping around my chest. That way if I have to suddenly start CPR and forget it’s there, I don’t get a stern reminder when the bell of the stethoscope slams against my clavicle over and over.
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Not to mention, I love that it was designed by a nurse as well – can’t get better than that!
You can purchase them here: http://www.nurseborn.com/products/stethoscope-holder
How to enter a giveaway to win your very own Lotus Stethoscope Holder!
Sarah and I will be giving away one of each color (light green, white and navy blue). We will chose two randomly and one for the best NEW name for the holder. This giveaway will last for two weeks, so please share it with friends! The giveaway will close August 17, 2014 at midnight and I will announce the three winners on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
You must comment on this post below and tell us 3-4 things:
- What stethoscope you use
- The last TV show you watched and which season
- The book you’re reading right now or the last one you read
- Put your nursey thinking cap on and come up with a brand new name for the stethoscope holder! (optional)
For example, here is my would-be entry:
- Littman Cardiology III
- Friends, season 3 (The One Where No One is Ready.. Joey is doing lunges right now)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Snap-Back Shawty Stethoscope Holder
Note: If you have never commented before, I have to approve of you first (to make sure you’re not a robot or spam) so it will not show up right away. I will approve your comment within 24 hours. Once it is approved, it will show up in the comments section. So don’t freak out if you wrote a long comment and it doesn’t show up! I promise it’ll be up soon! We will contact you via the email address you provide to notify you if you win so make sure it’s one you check regularly!
Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have questions or would like to enter anonymously.
Thanks everyone – I hope you try one out and enjoy it as much as I do! Now comment, share, and have a great nursey day!